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Kari Turunen, Finland


Kari Turunen was educated at the University of Helsinki and the Sibelius Academy where he studied choral conducting with Matti Hyökki. He holds a doctorate from the University of the Arts, Helsinki.


Mr. Turunen is the artistic director of five choirs and ensembles: the male chorus Akademiska Sångföreningen (2008–);Kampin Laulu chamber choir (2011–); the choir of the cantors of the Finnish Lutheran Church, Chorus Cantorum Finlandiae (2011–); the all-male Ensemble Petraloysio (2011–); and Spira Ensemble (2012–). He is also a member of Lumen Valo, a vocal ensemble that is one of the driving forces on the Finnish early music scene.


Mr. Turunen taught choral conducting at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, School of between 2001 and 2011 before concentrating on the roles of conductor and artist-scholar. He appears regularly as a teacher of choral courses, adjudicator and clinician. Mr. Turunen acts as chairman of the Finnish Choral Directors’ Association (FCDA). He was the Choral Conductor of the Year 2008 in Finland.



Press Releases


Competition results


Grand Prix of the Chorus review goes to Spira Ensemble conducted by Kari Turunen


News Articles


Kari Turunen serving gems from renaissance music to Hufvudstadsbladet's readers. The entire weekend is performed renaissance music in St Paul's Church in Helsinki.


Singapore and Asia


Finland's oldest choir in Singapore


Kari Turunen conducts JCA Youth Choir in Japan












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